Report: Browns Workout Former Seattle OL
The Cleveland Browns are awaiting the results of Alex Mack‘s medical evaluation. If Mack “only” has a broken leg, with no ligament damage, than he could return near the end of this season. If their is ligament damage he will be placed on season ending IR. That will leave room for the Browns to add another offensive lineman.
It looks like they may have worked out one that they have their eye on:
Not surprising that the Browns would continue to look at former Seattle Seahawks, they have done so all off-season. They are the reigning champs so not a bad way to go. JeanPierre is an interesting player as the last report we can find is that the Seahawks placed him on Injured Reserve in September:
"The Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line lost some depth on Wednesday after the team placed veteran reserve Lemuel Jeanpierre on injured reserve with a neck injury, ending his season.The former South Carolina Gamecock was valued for his versatility, able to play both center and guard."
In general there is no reason to release a player who is on season ending IR. Teams tend to allow the player to workout in their facilities and the team get a good idea of how the rehab is going so they can make a decision for the next year.
The fact that Lemuel is seen as valued and versatile to play two positions. PFT also noted how well JeanPierre played in the past:
"The move is a blow to Seattle’s offensive line depth. Jeanpierre is a very solid center and guard option that has played well in his prior opportunities."
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We reached out to Adam Caplan to try to get further information regarding LJP’s status. Needless to say if he is healthy it seems he could have a big impact for the Browns who need some interior support following Mack’s injury. Having a player who can fill multiple roles will be huge for the Browns who are looking to continue to compete.
It is their success that has likely led the Browns to look for someone with experience instead of just promoting from their practice squad. The same thing was true when they replaced Armonty Bryant with Sione Fua instead of promoting Jacobbi McDaniel.
How big of a loss do you think Mack is?